pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Definition of posture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
b : the pose of a model or artistic figure
2 : state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances maintain a competitive posture in the market
3 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude


postured; posturing

Definition of posture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to assume a given posture : pose

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture especially : to strike a pose for effect
2 : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize

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posturer \ ˈpäs-​chər-​ər How to pronounce posture (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for posture

Synonyms: Noun

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The Latin verb ponere, meaning "to put" or "to place," had a role in putting quite a few English terms into place, including component, dispose, expose, impose, oppose, posit, position, positive, postpone, and, yes, posture. The past participle of ponerepositus—gave Latin the noun positura, which has the same meaning as the English noun posture. Positura passed through Italian and Middle French and was finally adopted by English speakers as posture in the late 16th century. The verb posture later developed from the noun, finding its place in English at around the midpoint of the 17th century.

Examples of posture in a Sentence

Noun Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Given the results can be catastrophic, organizations across industries must take immediate steps to improve security and risk posture to prevent attacks on our supply chain and critical infrastructure. Richard Tracy, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 The right-size bra can improve posture, reduce back pain and make your clothing look better. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2022 These days, Fonda shakes up her fitness routine with resistance band side-steps, posture training, and strength training, sharing her workouts with her 1.8 million followers on Instagram. Serena Coady, SELF, 26 Apr. 2022 Where the front line of Russian forces ends up after what is expected to be a grueling battle lasting weeks, if not months, will go a long way to determining the West’s future force posture in Europe. Karen Deyoung, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2022 Pentagon spokesman John Kirby criticized the warning on Tuesday and said the U.S. nuclear deterrence posture has not changed. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 Sitting at his kitchen table at the southeastern edge of Baton Rouge, an easy drive from the youth field where the photo was taken, Derek Sr. examines his son’s posture in the photo and nods with approval. Chase Goodbread, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Among the Ashaninka, a great deal of communication happens without speech, through subtle shifts in expression and posture. Carolina Schneider Comandulli, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2022 The unnatural posture was pinching his nerves and causing stabbing pain and numbness. WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All the while, one got the nagging sense that Cherry—unlike more modern populists who posture as spokespeople for some silent majority because doing so is politically expedient—wasn’t faking it. John Semley, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Crude prices, which have run up recently, extended their gains early Wednesday before drooping in the afternoon, as traders continued to posture themselves ahead of higher demand stemming from the global economic recovery and summertime travel. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 16 June 2021 This was the pre-Covid posture the Trump administration quickly adopted, turning almost anything connected to China into a political punching bag. Andy Meek, BGR, 4 June 2021 While both sides had to posture for domestic audiences, particularly the rising nationalist fervor of Xi Jinping, China's increasingly authoritarian leader, the grievances at the heart of the dispute are longstanding. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 19 Mar. 2021 Gale was not an overtly menacing physical presence onstage, in the way many metal frontmen try to posture. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level. Medea Giordano, Wired, 19 Sep. 2020 The latter will be put to a jury, which means that both sides can be expected to posture when explaining Hollywood economics to regular citizens. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Aug. 2020 Not long ago such talk seemed more like posturing than practical politics, and many assumed the two sides would quietly agree in June to extend the talks. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of posture


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for posture


Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position

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“Posture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Kids Definition of posture

: the way in which the body is positioned when sitting or standing : the general way of holding the body an upright posture a humble posture


pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Medical Definition of posture

1 : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
2 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

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